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Miami native competes in World Rope Skipping Championships

Palmetto grad Namiya Crespo won the silver medal on the U.S. National Jump Rope team

South Florida is celebrating one of their own. Namiya Crespo, 18, a recent graduate of Palmetto Senior High School, is one of 15 athletes from multiple states on the United States National Jump Rope Team. This summer, she competed in Malmö, Sweden at the FISA World Rope Skipping Championships.

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The Social Whirl

Sharing some BullPride with congratulations to Miami Northwestern’s own Brianna Rollins on winning a GOLD medal at the Rio Olympics! #Bulls4Life. Briana is the daughter of Temperance Rollins and is the eldest of seven siblings and the only female.

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Ghost of JESCA haunts Wilbert Holloway

At a forum,  opponent raises issue of his actions when he was chair

School board member Wilbert “Tee’ Holloway shrugged off questions about his involvement with a now-defunct social service agency at a recent candidate forum. But former board members say he was chairman when JESCA went under water and should own up to his connection.

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Fiery exchange between candidates during Miami Times political forum

Miami-Dade Public Schools District 1 candidates mixed it up at event

The Miami Times staged a second Political Forum Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. The forum was moderated by journalist Peter Bailey and community activist Daniella Pierre with a standing-room only crowd looking on.

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Black press columnist George Curry Dead at 69

Pioneering Civil rights and Black political journalist George E. Curry, the reputed dean of Black press columnists died suddenly of heart failure on Saturday, August 20. He was 69.

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Drake on top of the world and the charts

The Hip-hop superstar is currently on his “Summer Sixteen” tour; he is making a stop at the AmericanAirlines Arena

The album cover on Drake’s latest album, “Views from the 6,” shows the hip-hop artist looking at the world from atop Toronto’s CN Tower.

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‘Queen Sugar’ to deliver more Black drama

Series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, directed by Ava DuVernay

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has not rested on her laurels after her success with “Selma.” DuVernay’s next project is a television series called “Queen Sugar.” This drama is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and is expected to premiere Sept. 6 on OWN network

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Sizzla Kalonji comes back to Florida for first time in 8 years

Fort Lauderdale among four-city tour

Grammy nominated reggae artist, Sizzla, will perform in Fort Lauderdale Aug. 24, as part of the first tour in eight years in the U.S. Sizzla and The Fire House Band’s stop in Fort Lauderdale is part of a four-city tour in Florida. Other stops include Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.

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Internship program provides college students opportunities

Commissioner Jordan’s initiative lets them explore medical, engineering fields

Cle-Andra Rolle, a senior at Florida Memorial University majoring in biology, says her dream of becoming a doctor is a reality because of Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII).

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Do you really need, want life insurance?

Life insurance isn’t just for married couples with children. The need for life insurance is much broader. “Anybody who would experience a financial loss or an emotional loss after a death will need some type of life insurance,” says Marvin Feldman, president and CEO of the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education.

Black businesses: It is hard to sell to Blacks

Efforts to boost targeted buying are running into myriad hurdles

When Terina McKinney displays her leather bags and belts at events attended primarily by Black women, they are often interested in her designs and in her experience as an African-American business owner. But she seldom makes sales.

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The Social Whirl

“Let the Church Say Amen: Reconciling Justice and Peace in our World Today» was the theme of the UBE (Union of Black Episcopalians) Conference held July 31-August 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans

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Macy's plans to close stores, boost online investment

Macy's plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation's largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy's brand.

Department stores recapture appeal with spas, restaurants

Retailers want to provide more exclusive selections to shoppers

Department stores trying to recapture their appeal to consumers are making plans to provide more experiences like spas and restaurants, and offer exclusive selections to transform the store into more of a destination.

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Public meets politicians at Miami Times forum

Candidates for several races share their platform

Both politics and politicians were on full display Wednesday night, Aug. 10, as the Miami Times hosted its 2016 Candidate Forum, an event that allowed the public to meet and hear most of the men and women behind the campaign signs popping up all over Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

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Political hopefuls tackle their social and economic differences

Seven people vie for Florida House seat

A beauty queen, a hotel owner, two classroom teachers, a hard-core progressive and two people who’ve had legal or ethics issues. This group of seven makes up a crowded field of candidates who say they are eager to make a difference in House District 108.

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Judge Jason Bloch sues his opponent over qualifications

Marcia Del Rey is being accused of misleading voters to win seat

Incumbent Circuit Court Judge Jason Bloch is suing the challenger for his judicial seat, saying her candidate filing documents hid her sources of income and have questionable information about her work history and background that make her unfit for the bench. But the attorney for opponent Marcia Del Rey said Bloch’s complaint is a

Merrett Stierheim heads to Opa-locka City Hall

Former county manager tapped to untangle the city’s financial mess

Hoping to get to the bottom of Opa-locka’s fiscal woes and procedures, state Inspector General Melinda Miguel has called in Miami-Dade’s go-to guy for untangling municipal messes: Merrett Stierheim. Miguel announced at the Aug. 11 oversight board meeting that Stierheim will come on board as a deputy inspector general. In that role he will report directly to the state. Stierheim visited City Hall on Tuesday to meet with acting City Manager Yvette Harrell and acquaint himself

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2,000 book bags given away by Edmonson

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson helped get District 3 children back-to-school ready at the 10th annual District 3 Back to School Fun Day/Health and Info Fair on Aug. 13 at Olinda Park. Two thousand children received new book bags filled with school supplies at the event, which also offered vaccines from the Florida

What’s happening Aug. 30? The Florida Primary Election

It’s too late to register to vote in the Primary Election. You can still register to vote in the General Election, Nov. 8, 2016. The registration deadline is Oct. 11

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